Clarksville, TN – Dr. Ron Whitford at the St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic has taken a pro-active approach to helping control the animal population in Clarksville-Montgomery County. Considered one of the best in his field, Dr. Whitford has secured grants that are available to pet owners who delay getting their pets spayed or neutered because of the cost.
“We’ve been hearing about a spay-neuter clinic here for years, and we still don’t have one, so I decided to find the grants that are out there so we can get this problem under control.” said Whitford. “Working with the Montgomery County Friends of the Shelter, we’re getting the word out to pet owners that you can afford this procedure, and you need to take responsibility for your pet and get this done.”Whitford has already exhausted ten grants, and has five more that will expire if people don’t take advantage of the program, and he says there are more grants coming.
“I’ve been told that we have taken the most aggressive posture on curbing the animal population of any clinic in Tennessee, and we will get more help if the people take advantage of this.” Whitford said.
Here’s how the program works:
The St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic will spay or neuter five dogs weighing between 41-65 pounds FREE if the pet owner will spend $50.00 for a distemper/parvo vaccination and heartworm test which is the same amount of money they would have had to spend to spay/neuter a dog under 50 pounds at the normal Clarksville Spay/Neuter Spay Clinic fees. These grants must be used before June 26th 2012 or they’re lost. The grants are on a first come first served basis.
The animal population in Clarksville has grown “off the charts” as has been documented by the overcrowding at the Montgomery County Animal Control facility. Rescue groups have been overwhelmed with animal rescues, and abuse cases. In the last two weeks, reports of animals being “thrown” from car windows, and left in boxes have been reported by Animal Control Director Karen Josephson.
Read our previous articles about the problem here:
If you would like more information, contact the St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic at 931.645.4111.
Dr. Whitford says he has meetings this week in hopes of obtaining more grants for Clarksville.